For a while now, I've been identifying myself as an old soul. I'm interested in certain things that my generation usually either a.) doesn't appreciate or b.) doesn't know about. Finding friends who share my interests is usually not too hard. I love today's artists, movies, etc. but finding others who just jive with my old soul vibes can be very difficult and sometimes feels isolating. Here are some reasons why old souled millennials, like myself, struggle to fit in to today's generation.

An old soul's music taste is considered abnormal to their peers

Don't get me wrong, I love artists like Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran, but when it comes to music I really love, it would have to be not from this generation. I'm talking Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, etc. These artists don't just have songs only about hookups and sex (a common theme in today's music), but rather songs about true love and appreciating a person for their entirety. Plus, you can actually hear all of the words in their music!

Old soul's are wise beyond their years

After watching many people fall into traps, whether that be in friendships, relationships, or peer pressure, I've learned from observing others. In fact, because of the knowledge I've gained over time, I'm able to stop myself before entering into a world of hurt. Old souls tend to have a stronger intuition in regards to what's right and wrong, thus helping them stay on track. Because of this, I'm usually the one people ask for help and am able to give useful advice in order to keep them in line.

Old soul's want to bring back love

The idea of "love" in today's generation is out of whack. "Love" isn't liking each other's Instagram posts or just "talking" for a few months. "Love" isn't a hookup at a party or a one night stand. It's so much more. As an old soul, I want to bring back the old fashion courtesy of asking someone out in person instead of over text, or bringing them flowers on the first date. And speaking of dating, old souls can't stand dating apps. Yes, relationships from apps like Tinder and Bumble can work out, and we've given these apps a try! But in the end, the majority of the users aren't looking for that true love we old souls seek, which can be pretty discouraging after a while.

Old soul's appreciate tradition

It's not just the dating styles or values we appreciate, but it's also the little things. Old souls love spending time outside or with one another rather than in front of a screen all day. We'd rather receive a hand written letter instead of a lengthy text message. Reading from an actual book, where you can touch the paper and smell the pages through every turn, is always preferred over an e-book. Alas with today's ever changing values, ideas, and technologies, it can be hard to keep up with a generation you already feel out of touch with.

Even though it can be difficult being an old soul, I wouldn't have it any other way. I would never want to change myself just to fit in with society, and am content with the way I am and how I view the world.

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